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work it out. i'm the diplomat. i think i've got it. you may have to pay. >> i will pay cash to not have to grow a mustache. if it's way too early it's "morning joe." we have chuck todd next. thank you for coming. see you in a couple years. four more years, president obama rides to re-election losing just one of the nine states that his team said were tossups when this process began. they won seven others. as of this morning they lead in a state where they're still counting votes. where else? my home state of florida. democrats don't just hold the senate, could they gain seats? elizabeth warren leads a potential superstar laden class of senators including three other women who along with 15 incumbents will make up the largest block of senate women in u.s. history.
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and the house stays in republican hands. the fiscal cliff looming for congress. is speaker boehner ready to make a deal with the president and democrats? can the country afford another missed opportunity? good morning from new york city. it is the day after, wednesday, november 7, 2012. we have a special two-hour edition of "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. ahead this morning, senator elect angus king of maine. who he will kau can cuss with. maggie hassan of new hampshire. new york congressman steve israel as well as my man that i like to talk about in the future of the republican party, mike murphy. righto my first reads. it took president obama exactly 12 minutes longer to win his second term than a first one. we called the 2000 race at 11:00. this time at 11:12 p.m. we're not even 12 hours removed
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from that moment yet and it's clear that the second obama term will face enormous challenges in trying to resolve the country's if iscal future and create a governing coalition to make that happen in washington but, first, let's look at how the president made his victory happen. the president put together a decisive electoral college victory winning at least 303 votes to romney's 206 and at this hour in florida where the president leads by it looks like at this moment 50,000 votes, remains too close to call where we think the vote remains should favor the president. those folks in miami-dade are going to start counting votes when they get to work this morning. but those margin of victory was smaller than in 2008. in the end demographics and a strong turnout operation delivered the president a win in the popular vote, two points. democrats held on to control of the u.s. senate and though democrats had 23 seats to defend the caucus could still actually
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pick up members for the president's second term, get up to 54 seats perhaps. two senate races do remace too close to call. jon tester narrowly leads danny rehberg. also too close to call we have the house race in the 18th district where allen west is now trailing with 100% in. patrick murphy there. west may be knocked off after one of the nastiest races in the country. congresswoman michele bachmann squeaked to victory winning a fourth term early this morning. minnesota's sixth district, a squeaker there. speaking of nasty races, congressman brad sherman beat fellow democrat howard berman and that fight in the 30th district that at one point even got physical, of course. republicans kept control of the house delivering washington four
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more years of divided government. the president ended up losing just one of senior adviser david plouffe's nine battleground states, and that was the state of north carolina are where romney pulled off a narrow three-point victory. the president's midwest firewall held firm. a win in ohio pushed the obama total over the 270 electoral vote threshold. the president won by six points in iowa. he beat romney by seven in wisconsin. native son paul ryan did not ultimately make ryan really that much more competitive there and then the president won out west narrowly winning in colorado and, of course, he won by what we expected, a fairly wide margin in the state of nevada. he beat romney by five points in new hampshire, the state romney's family spends his summers. late last night virginia was called in the president's favor. and more than hurricane sandy, the employment rate, or even the auto bailout what proved decisive was cold, hard
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demographics. as the obama campaign predicted more than a year ago the white portion of the electorate would drop and it dropped from 74% to 72% in 2012. the president may have won just 39% of white voters but he carried nearly eight in ten nonwhite voters including a whopping 93% of african-americans. 71% of had a tinos, and 73% of asian voters. and despite all the predictions young voters wouldn't turn out, they made up a higher percentage of the electorate than they did four years ago. that's right. a higher percentage of the electorate. romney also fell short on the issue which was supposed to be his calling card for office and which voters picked as their top concern, the economy. nearly as many said the president would be the best to better handle the economy. 49%/48% there. and they picked the president on the economic values question, who is more in touch with people like you.
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he won that question by ten points. the president declared the end of a bitter campaign with a speech he could have delivered at the democratic convention, could have delivered at any other point in time that he used last night as the time to call for unity. >> i believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we're not as scynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. >> as supporters watched the president offering to meet with him in the coming days and even mentioning romney's parents, all of them by name. >> i just spoke with governor romney and i congratulated him and paul ryan on a hard fought campaign. from george to their son mitt,
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the romney family has chosen to give back to americans through public service. >> with the tough road ahead of governing a divided country the president pledged bipartisanship. >> you elected us to focus on your jobs not ours. and in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties. to meet the challenges we can only solve together. >> on the 523rd day of his second campaign for president, more than 90 minutes after the networks projected the victory, he publicly conceded the presidential race. >> like so many of you paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray
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for him. >> romney spoke for just five minutes. he called on his party to accept the outcome of the race but now as a scitizen. >> at a time like this we can't risk bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. and we citizens also have to rise to the occasion. >> interesting there, governor romney calling for compromise. right now the official leader of the republican party is the speaker of the house, john boehner. it will be interesting to watch how the fiscal cliff goes and where things start next year on january 5th when there is a new congress. in the end after a $ billion election, we are left with something that looks an awful lot like the status quo in washington. after fighting tooth and nail for 18 months, the president is holding on to the white house. democrats keep control of the senate and not only that may gain ground. republicans hold on to their grip on the house only losing a few seats. the june dags of the president's supporters was matched by
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disappoi disappointment on the other sigh. our exit polls, 49% of voters told us they have positive feelings about the obama administration. 49% say they feel negatively. a look at just how divided the country and the president is that the president has to govern, look at this. here is the question that's coming up after a status quo election will the governing be status quo, too? senate republican leader mitch mcconnell had a statement that was hardly conciliatory saying, quote, the voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president's first term. they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do. now it's tame for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the republican controlled house of representatives and a closely divided senate. house speaker john boehner was more conciliatory. he wrote in a statement, quote, if there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground. boy, totally different tones in those two messages. realize mitch mcconnell may have a tough fight for re-election,
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possibly for renomination and for his senate seat in kentucky. boehner makes a statement also on the fiscal cliff negotiations today at 3:30 this afternoon. will either party ultimately have a mandate in those negotiations as they go forward? will republican lawsuits produce soul-searching? does boehner and mcconnell figure out the best thing to do is do all of the compromising now, get all of the pick the scab if you will, pick your metaphor, take the medicine now and start anew when the calendar turns? it will be interesting to see the posture that they pick. all right. at this hour there are still ten races that have not been decided and several members of congress are in trouble. the open seat in arizona. arizona's second. gabby gifford's former seat. the open seat in arizona nine uncalled. dan lun green is trailing by 200
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votes. the open seat in california 26. we don't know what will happen there. 100% are in california. mary bono mack is behind. will she join her husband coming an ex-member of congress. bilbray is behind with 100% reporting in california. as we mentioned already, incumbent allen west is behind in florida 18 with all the votes supposedly counted. representative menechek is leading. that appears to be a couple thousand votes apart. mike mcintyre, will he be one of the few blue dogs that remains? he has a small lead. there will be a run-off for one house seat in louisiana, the third district. it will be between two republicans there. but if all those leads hold, nbc news is current ly projecting they could pick up eight seats in the house again. yes, we know all those 100%. mail ballots particularly out in
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the state of california so we'll see but if all leads hold it's a net pickup of eight seats for the democrats in the house. there's a lot more to come on this special two-hour post-election edition of "the daily rundown." i'm basically going on no sleep so you never know what i'm going to say which is why you should stick around. up next, the independent streak. which party will get the pleasure of angus king's company? democrats hi they have him. we'll see. the new senator from maine joins me next. we'll see what he tells us. plus, millions of dollars buys democrats status quo on capitol hill. steve israel on the down ballot disappointment on the house side of things and what's divided government may look like. >> by having again been entrusted by the american people with the responsibility of leading the people's house. we'll never take it for granted and we will never let you down. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare...
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by itself the recognition we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward. but that common bond is where we must begin. president obama calling for unity and bipartisanship in his speech last night and so did our next guest. on the phone with me former maine governor and now senator-elect, true independent potentially, angus king. first of all, congratulations on your victory, a majority in a three-way race not just a
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plurality there. >> actually it was a six-way race. >> fair enough. yes, that's true. everybody gets on the ballot in maine. i've noticed that over the years. senator, let me ask you the question that a lot of people in washington want to know. are you going to be raising your hand at least for that first day of school with the democrats or with the republicans? >> well, i haven't decide that had yet because i have to talk to them. next day is an orientation session i'm going to be going down probably this weekend to washington and talking to the leadership, i suspect, of both parties and my goal is to be as independent as i possibly can but i want to be effective. we're going to see where it all comes out. i'll be making that decision, i suspect, later next week. >> so you're asking both mitch mcconnell and harry reid to woo you? >> i think that's a little
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strong. i just want to see what their understanding is of what the caucus decision means, how much independence i can continue to have and there are lots of considerations on something like this. so that's why i'm not making a decision until i've had those dug discussions. >> do you have to pick a side? >> i've looked carefully at the senate rules, and although there is a rule that says every senator is entitled to be on two major committees, then there's another rule that says essentially the caucuses make those committee assignments. so it looks like some kind of alignment at least for the purposes of organizing the senate will probably be necessary in order to get a committee assignment or a good committee assignment. this is a bit of uncharted territory, chuck.
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and, again, i want to call them as i see them and also -- but i'm not going down there with hostility towards these folks. i'm going down there in the hopes of being able to help nudge the place to more functionality. >> have you heard from harry reid and mitch mcconnell? >> i heard from -- the first person i heard from last night was olympia snowe, which was kind of nice. i'm going to try to get together with her before going down to washington next week. i did get a call, just a nice, very pleasant courtesy call from harry reid, not anything substantive. i've not heard from mitch mcconnell but i'm sure we'll have discussions with everybody down there. >> any washington republican reached out to you that was not named olympia snowe? >> yes, susan collins, our other republican senator had a good discussion with her last night. she's now the senior senator and
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i offered to get her coffee each morning, you know, as the junior senator. >> when you get to washington we'll see where you're heading. >> we'll be in touch, chuck. thank you very much. >> congratulations again. >> yes, sir, thank you. i'm joined by the moderator of "meet the press." angus king will be an interesting player, david. he clearly would like -- he sounds like he wishes he didn't have to, that he would enjoy taking that power of being one independent senator. >> the streak of independence which i think a lot of senators would like to have, but i think it's appropriate for an independent to come into this congress and say, let's settle the score here a little bit and talk about how we actually want to govern because that, i think, is the real mandate that president obama brings into his second term, a mandate to make government work better. it's not necessarily policy specific. i think a little more leverage. but people want to break through that and make government work better. >> look, what happens in the
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next six weeks will set the tone. we know it's going to set the tone next year and two just completely different statements from john boehner and mitch mcconnell and we have this fiscal cliff. are they going to try to deal with it now or are they going to punt again? >> you could make a scenario or make an argument that they punt in the course of the lame duck session and try to lay the groundwork for what could be a new negotiation with the simpson-bowles framework. a lot of work has been going on in the senate. bipartisan work. to resurrect it the president has to get in there and he can't -- this can't be i just won, so we're going to do things my way. it's got to be, okay, where can there be a real give and take? republicans have real choices to make. did the president win the fight over taxes last night? >> i looked in that poll. it sure looks like it to me. maybe not on health care.
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there were other things that didn't go so well but on taxes it wasn't even close. >> they have to go back and see if there's something of a grand bargain. from boehner's comments you would think there's something there. there's something else. the president has an opportunity to form a natural alliance with the business community that he failed to reach in the course of the fiscal cliff. you have bankers and other corporate ceos who are saying if you don't deal with the fiscal cliff, we're in another recession. we're not going to grow as an economy. this is his moment to be flanked by with business leaders in the rose garden. >> jamie dimon all but endorsed simpson-bowles. >> and they want action on 0 this. this can be a new opportunity. >> david gregory, you get to get on the first train. i'll be on two trains after you. >> i'll shove it right back at you and make sure you get home, my friend. >> get some sleep. it was a historic night for women candidates. a record number of women in the next u.s. senate. still an amazingly, actually,
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lack of parity in the senate still when you consider that more women vote than men but, still, a historic first in the state of new hampshire. the entire delegation plus the governor all women. will the granite state's next government maggie hassan joins us next. first today's trivia question. since 1900 how many democratic presidential nominees have won virginia in a general election twice? tweet me the answer and the first correct answer gets a follow wednesday from us. i was in the ambulance
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and despite the odds, you've
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elected the first warren senator to the state -- >> that's elizabeth warren, senator elect from massachusetts, part of the 113th congress with a record number of women, 19 women senators and in new hampshire with the election of two female representatives and a woman governor the entire delegation plus the governor all women in the state of new hampshire so that, of course, includes new hampshire's governor elect, maggie hassan. she beat republican lamontagne and she joins me now. governor-elect hassan, i apologize for messing up your name, i think, before the break. i will not do that anymore. first of all, congratulations on your victory. >> thank you very much, chuck. it's great to be with you this morning. >> let me ask you about how new hampshire is getting covered this morning, the fact that it's
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an all-women delegation both now in congress and in the executive position, some sort of accident anomaly or something else going on here? >> we have a long history of electing women. we are a state with lots and lots of local government and opportunities for service there and a very large state legislature so women have been participate apts in the political process here for a long time and as you know the first woman to serve as a governor and now a u.s. senator is jean shaheen. >> governor-elect, did you sign the pledge, the tax pledge that normally is a big deal in new hampshire that you would not have a state income tax? >> yes, no sales or income tax, that's right. >> when you set that aside i know you don't get elected in
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new hampshire unless you do that. do you have any concern about doing that, though, with all of the potential fiscal challenges that states have to deal with that you are already limiting your options about by doing something like that? >> well, you know, i served in the state senate for six years with retiring governor john lynch and during that tame we had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country, one of the lowest tax burdens in the country. we did a lot of good work around our education system, cutting our high school dropout rate the by half so our economy works well without an income or sales tax and we're focused on moving forward and implementing an innovation plan that really connects the importance of investing in education with the economy. >> a little bit of whiplash when it comes to new hampshire. the state goes back and forth depending on the election year. do you think that there is a trend that holds for democrats long term that is going to shift
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this state or that because it is so many independents in the state it's always going to have this some years it's a republican sweep like in 2010 or a democrat sweep like in 2012? >> what i know is they want this to work. they like to come together and solve problems. i think what you saw from last night's results is a return to real focus on how to get the job done, how to come together and move forward. i like to describe us as an all hands on deck type of state. everyone pitches in. you're welcome here as long as you work hard and contribute. i think last night's results re really show that kind of attitude again and the real focus on moving forward, getting the job done including the economy and creating jobs and i look forward to the opportunity 0 to lead the state. >> i understand vice president biden called to congratulate
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you. any other national democrats call you last night that weren't from the state of new hampshire that you would like to share with me? >> oh, you know, i got a lot of great calls and we have a lot of great friends here in new hampshire. it was a great night. >> you're not going to say who else, one other democrat that might have called? >> as i said, there were a lot of calls and it was just a really great time to be with friends and supporters and talk to the people of new hampshire. >> governor-elect hassan, congratulations to you on your victory. the 2016 presidential race, i believe, has the primary been set yet? pretty close. thank you very much. >> thank you. take care. the number one issue for this election was the economy. what are the markets going to do today? becky quick has a check on the markets. all right, becky, before the results came in yesterday you
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said you thought bank stocks in particular would be the first place we would see the difference in between what an obama victory would have meant verse us a romney one. >> that's playing out. the dow just opened and you are looking at triple digit losses down by just over 100 points. i was checking jp more gap, bank of america, goldman sachs, every one was under pressure but i don't want to mischaracterize this. the weakness in the market today is more focussed on what's happening in europe than here. there were some weakness in the areas, things like defense stocks. we were looking at gains this morning before we heard from mario draghi in europe, he made some comments that shook things up and that's when the futures headed south. he said that first of all you can look for continued weakness in europe. he also said that at this point that weakness is starting to
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affect germany and is a really big deal. that's when we saw things turn down and right now it at the open we're down by just over 100 points for the dow. thank you very much. up next steve israel will join us to talk about house democrats. president obama will have to face the same divided congress he faced in his first term, at least half of it.
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democrats scored some convincing victories in tough senate races. democrats picked up a republican seat after joe donnelly knocked off tea party candidate richard mourdock and picked up new hampshire where elizabeth warren won. in connecticut chris murphy trounced linda mcmahon. that makes two failed senate bids in a row despite spending nearly $100 million of her own money. missouri senator claire mccaskill held her seat, ended up soundly defeating todd akin 55% to 39%. drop-off voters not a problem as some suspected. sherrod brown retained his seat. in the swing state of virginia democrat tim kaine may have been helped by president obama's strong showing with african-americans in particular beat former senator george al n
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allenby four points. and in wisconsin tammy baldwin defeated former governor tommy thompson, 51% to 46%. the lone pickup was in nebraska where deb fischer defeated bob kerrey to grab a seat vacated by retiring democrat ben nelson. let's take a look at where things stand. two uncalled races here. this is for an open seat in north dakota would be if heidi heidtkamp leaves there. we have not called it. let me run through both of those just to show you the raw vote totals where we are now 0. there's still a lot of vote to count here. leads by 17,000 votes. that is likely to hold everything that seems to be out. a lot of folks believe that will hold. i have a feeling this will take a little while longer. congressman rick bird only
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trailing by 2,994 votes. that's pretty good math for lack of sleep. democrats may pick up anywhere at least as many as eight seats. there it went. whoop. the camera wept down. hey look, better that it went down today than before. it looks like we have -- it's going to be as many as a net gain of eight seats, at worst four seats. joining me now is the man in charge of trying to pick up house seats. it was a tough night for house democrats when you consider everything else on the board. congressman israel, how democrats did in the senate, they may pick up seats, the president winning a second term decisively in the will he lelec
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college. is districting the reason why? >> we didn't get the 25 we needed to take the majority, but we did better than anybody would have expected. the republicans in the house were saying that they were going to net 16 seats. instead we will net between six and eight seats. most of the pundits said we would lose seats or maybe cap it at about five seats. we've exceeded that. exceeded the historic averages so we did better than anybody ever expected. >> you expected to do better. >> well, look, again, we didn't get the 25 seats to get the majority but better than anybody anticipated. everything that was in our control, the fund-raising, the message, the recruiting, getting solutionists to run, we surpassed expectations. in a very tight presidential election, you take a look at history, in a very tight presidential election the president's party usually picks up 2 1/2 seats. we picked up, as you said,
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between six and eight seats. so we lost 63 seats in 2010. after that loss, house democrats are back and the tea party is over. we took down a bunch of the tea party icons throughout the country so we're feeling pretty good. >> one of the things, though, that didn't seem to go well, a lot of moderates or centrists that represented red areas just couldn't hold up in presidential years. what does that mean going forward for the democratic party? is it just those are places you only have a shot at in a m mid-term year? is it harder in presidential years because you get a stronger republ republican turnout? >> that's exactly what happened. some democrats in very, very republ republican areas where mitt romney is doing very well, you had reverse coattails. just running against -- not against a republican but against gravity in some of those districts. on the other hand we had democratic incumbents like mike
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mcintyre and others. jim mathison of utah. very republican districts that held on as a result of the operational plan that we implemented. so, look, coattails matter, no question about that. we had a generic environment that was absolutely dead even. almost 50/50. in 2004 when george bush got re-elected, he picked up two seats. 1996 bill clinton got elected. his party picked up three seats. we picked up between six and ooit. >> nancy pelosi, is she going to be the leader of the house democrats when the calendar turns? >> i hope so but that's her decision to make and i haven't talked to her about it. >> if she does not run is that something you are interested in running another leadership position should something come up? >> i have been relentlessly focused on yesterday. i got as much sleep as you did last night, chuck, and i'm not thinking about anything other than the fact there are still races on the board. we have a bunch of recounts
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coming in so we're focusing on everyone day as it comes and there leave other decisions to later. >> does redistricting make it where it will be impossible for democrats to win control of the house or a couple of election cycles minimum? >> no, not at all. look, i think the storyline in this election wasn't necessarily redistricting although it worked against us in some areas. it worked for us in illinois where we almost had a sweep. the storyline is not about redistricting. it is if you are an extremist tea party republican, you are going to lose. allen west lost. joe walsh lost. ann marie in upstate new york lost. it doesn't matter what kind of district you have if you refuse to compromise, to govern, if you refuse to move forward, we are going to beat you. >> steve israel, chairman of the dccc, democrat from new york. i know it's been a long night and you probably have to prep
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for a ton of recounts, a ton of seats being decided. >> thanks, chuck. >> a quick note on other house races. the wife of agricultural secretary and former governor tom vilsack lost in iowa's fourth district. iowa was trying to become one to get rid of that one little nugget of dubious history. iowa has never sent a woman to congress or elected a woman senator for governor and that is now still the case and in utah, by the way, you heard him talk about mathison. he defeeded love who became a star at that republican convention. up next, southern switch. north carolina's governor's mansion mrips parties for the first time in 20 years. some of the few bright spots by republicans last night. the governor-elect joins me next. first, the white house soup of the day. was the chef thinking it was going to be a bad day after
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you can find news from whichever way you lean. (together) social on this side, financial. which party is currently predicted to win a majority in the senate? the republicans? would you make a bet on that? no. are you chicken? we're back now on this special post election day "daily rundown. "former george with w. bush political director is here. along with us former dnc communications director karen finney and buzz feed editor in chief ben smith. but before i get to you, i want to talk on the phone now with a new governor, governor-elect and former mayor of charlotte, north carolina's first republican governor in 20 years. governor-elect mccrory, congratulations. >> great to be on your show. it was a great night.
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>> you're one of the few republicans celebrating this morning when it comes at least in a battleground state. what is different in north carolina that didn't happen for republicans in other swing states? what made your race different? what made things different for mitt romney in the state of north carolina? >> i think the two unique things we did, first of all, we ran a positive campaign. for the tenth largest state in the united states, our campaign did not run one negative tv or radio ad against our opponent. every ad talked about what we wanted to do as governor, and i think that's quite rare not only in north carolina politics but national politics, and that message conveyed not only to republicans but to independents and to democrats and the second thing, i think i brought a mayor's attitude to the governor's race. having been mayor for 14 years and also having business experience, i kind of understood what was happening at the grassroots level both in business and in neighborhoods
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and communities throughout north carolina and they're struggling. we're going through a tough time in the state right now. >> what was different for you this time than last time when you ran and you weren't able to win and this time you did? presidential year, same thing. >> i think i had more time to build a relationship with the people of north carolina especially in the rural areas. it's tough being a big city mayor running. >> a little trust issue for mayors in rural areas? >> very tough for big city mayors because the rest of the state -- i have parts of north carolina that are closer to washington, d.c., than they are to charlotte, north carolina. and i had to build a relationship during the last 6 to 12 months with those people and they saw what i did as mayor and realized maybe they could use the same type of leadership throughout the state. so i'm very, very proud of our campaign and hopefully that will tell political consultants across the country that you don't always have to go negative to win. >> what is your advice for the national republican party?
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there is some soul-searching going on this morning, some of it has to do with demographics, some has to do with tone, ideology. what's your advice? >> i think most of it's tone. i didn't change my philosophy. i didn't change my vision and my strategy, but i made sure that we had a positive tone that was appealing not just to republicans but to democrats and independents and our sta ttisti show that. i mean, even in my own city romney lost by 100,000 votes but we won. and i think that sets forth the tone. if you communicate your values and your fill philosophy and yo vision and your business philosophy in the right tone, i think that appeals to people across the board. >> governor-elect pat mccrory, again, congratulations. thanks for coming on this morning and good luck. >> thank you very much. >> our panel is sticking with us. all right.
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sarah, the one loan bright spot there if you will, nationally, if you will. it was interesting the advice he was trying to give there. >> and 30 governors, by the way. >> easy to say when republicans were heavy favorites. he had the luxury of not having to run. what do you take away from last night? >> well, the race was surprisingly similar to the 2004 race. >> we kept saying, you are not always ready to jump on that. >> if you look at it as a president basically went to the polls, got his job approval rating at the ballot box, the popular vote, won close battleground states. it would be interesting to see if the obama team misinterprets the size of their victory. >> do you feel like you guys did? >> i think if you look back at history we pushed social security and congress wasn't
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ready for that and wasn't going to do it. and had president bush gone after immigration, we may be sitting in a very different position as a party. >> an interesting piece of advice there saying don't misinterpret it. we didn't have a mandate and yet we claimed the 303 electoral votes sort of is not the full story. i think it shows why campaigns matter. the strength of the obama campaign. that's why messina went to chicago in 2011 to start building this thing and the ground game mattered. and the romney campaign outsourced it to the rnc and chicago without a doubt had a better operation. >> i got to sneak the break in and then you both get in first. i promise. plus you'll be here a bunch of times. don't worry. >> we're fine. >> we'll be right back with more of our supersized edition of "the daily rundown." we'll be right back. why is cdw like an i.t. caddy?
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welcome back. after i so rudely did not let ben and karen jump in here. i want to talk about what the president accomplished last night. it was methodical in many ways. when you look at every state, mitt romney made gains in all the battleground states. wherever there was a blue -- none of the county maps really changed, by the way. it's just the president's margins in the blues were bigger. >> the other thing that the president did both this time and last time that i think are important in the bigger story of the history of this country is he broadened the electorate. the democratic party and this campaign -- >> younger voters bigger. 19% of the electorate. >> unmarried women. i said this in 2010 after the tea party victories. fine. you can win in those. you cannot win a general
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election in this country anywhere without a more broader coalition of voters. that's what the president proved last night. >> ben smith, you can sit there saying republicans over time might start winning these things because of supporter from older white voters. but i think democrats were glad to say you want minnesota, we'll take arizona. you want pennsylvania, we'll take georgia. that sort of thing. you can see where this could be headed if republicans aren't careful. >> i think most smart republicans realize you can't just try to run at higher and higher margins in a shrinking group here. it's just not the model the romney people -- >> what was that? were they really polling a different universe? >> you know, the polls, they're like bottles of wine. one out of 20 is junk but the
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others are right. >> and all the republican polling assumed a different electorate than everybody else. why? >> i think romney had the race very close. >> clearly. popular vote is within two points. >> these states are very close. the president won all the battleground states but north carolina, maybe florida. but the margins in those states, it's not overwhelming margins. i don't think the romney polling was that off. i do think, though, that we are -- not to take anything away from the obama campaign because what they did is really impressive. we have an economy that is improving. the unemployment rate dropped. >> everything was improving at the right time. >> you know what though? i cannot emphasize enough the importance of reaching out to a broad coalition of americans and including more people in this process. the importance of that. >> you guys are hanging out. if we start the hour semi-on time, apparently that's better. that's what they tell me. we're halfway through this
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